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One Time Renewal Fee Reductions:

Licensure renewal and registration fees will be temporarily reduced only for the following nursing professions for the specified expiration dates below:

Profession Expiration Dates
Registered Nurse 7/31/17-6/30/19
Licensed Practical Nurse 7/31/17-6/30/19
Clinical Nurse Specialist 7/31/17-6/30/19
Licensed Nurse Practitioner (LNP) 7/31/17-6/30/19
LNP w/Prescriptive Authority 7/31/17-6/30/19
Licensed Massage Therapist 7/31/17-6/30/19
Registered Medication Aide 7/31/17-6/30/18

These temporary fee reductions apply only during the expiration periods (dates) for the nursing professions identified in the table above.  Once the fee reduction period(s) end, the regular renewal fees will resume.

The temporary fee reductions do not apply to Certified Nurse Aides or Advanced Nurse Aides.   Reduced fees may not be applied for any licenses/registrations that expire before or after the date ranges indicated above.


  1. If your license expiration date is prior to 7/31/17, the fee reduction does not apply.
  2. If your license or registration expiration date is after 6/30/19 or 6/30/18, the fee reduction does not apply.
  3. Any renewals/registrations submitted or received by the VBON after the temporary fee reduction period ends will be subject to the regular renewal/registration fees outlined in Virginia nursing regulations (See the Fees page for more details).

New Controlled Substances CE Requirements for Nurse Practitioners
Nurse Practitioners must now obtain 2 hours of Type 1 (CAT I) continuing education (CE) in the 24 months prior to your next biennial renewal. It is the responsibility of the licensee to find and complete the CE activities. Please click here to read the FAQs related to Controlled Substances CE Requirements.

9 things to consider when choosing a Nursing Education Program - Guidance for selecting a nursing education program

Background checks for Massage Therapist
Effective January 1, 2017, the Virginia Board of Nursing will incorporate both state and federal criminal background checks as part of the application process for MASSAGE THERAPIST. This requirement applies to applicants by initial application, endorsement and reinstatement. Upon submission of an application, information on criminal background checks will be provided to the potential licensee. New Criminal Background Check Requirement for Licensure …read more

Changes to Nurse Aide Exam Score Reports
Starting January 1, 2016, nurse aide candidates will no longer receive their NNAAP exam results the day of their exam. Evaluators will not be permitted to distribute the score reports directly to the candidate. Each candidate will be required to bring a stamped, self-addressed envelope to be given to the evaluator during check-in. Once the candidate has finished their written and skills exam, they will leave the test site premises. After all tests are administered, the evaluator will mail the exam results at the nearest United States Postal Service mailbox. The candidates should receive their results the next business day.

If a candidate does not provide the evaluator with a stamped, self-addressed envelope, the results will be returned to Pearson VUE in Pennsylvania and mailed from there. This may take 7 to 10 business days for receipt by the candidate.

Any candidate who takes the NNAAP exam on January 2, 2016 or later will be subject to this change, whether or not they were informed by their training program. Any questions about this process can be directed to the Board of Nursing or Pearson VUE.

Changes to the Fees for Nurse Aide Test Effective February 1, 2019

Effective February 1, 2019 the fees for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) will be changing. The new fees for the exam will be:

Written Examination & Skills Evaluation (Both) $120
Oral Examination & Skills Evaluation (Both) $120
Written Examination Only $45
Oral Examination Only $45
Skills Evaluation Only $95

Any candidates testing on or after February 1, 2019 will have the new exam fees. If a candidate has already scheduled an exam appointment, no action will be necessary unless they reschedule or cancel their current appointment.

For additional information, contact Pearson VUE at or 1-866-340-3555.

Zika Virus Task Force
Board of Nursing (BON) Executive Director Jay Douglas represents DHP and Virginia’s 13 health regulatory boards on Governor McAuliffe’s newly established Zika Virus Task Force. Read more

View Governor McAuliffe’s February 26th press release

New Criminal Background Check Requirement for Licensure …read more

FSMTB & NCBTMB Reach Agreement: On October 3, 2014 The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) have worked cooperatively to reach an agreement that the NCBTMB will no longer provide examinations for licensure purposes. The Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) to be utilized as the sole licensure exam for the massage profession. Click here to read the full announcement on FSMTB's website, or click here to read the full announcement on NCBTMB's website. Click here for NCBTMB's frequently asked questions about this announcement.

Continued Competency Requirements for Nurses:

Notice regarding Continued Competency Regulations for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses (pdf)

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Continued Competency Licensure Renewal Requirements for RNs and LPNs (pdf)

NCSBN Learning Extension Courses available:

Public Health Information: Important Public Health Information from the Department of Health

Address of Record: Section 54.1-2400.02.B of the Code of Virginia requires the Department of Health Professions (DHP) to collect an official address of record from each health professional to be used by DHP for agency purposes. The Code also requires DHP to provide an opportunity for a health professional to provide a second address for the purpose of public dissemination. If there is no second (public) address provided, the official address of record will be used as the public address for the purpose of public dissemination. If the health professional would prefer that his/her address of record remain confidential, then an alternative public address must be provided to DHP. (Note: the License Lookup feature on the DHP public website does not contain the full address. However, public addresses are available by contacting Virginia Interactive Premium Service or the Board.) An individual is not required to submit a place of residence for either the official address of record or the public address. A post office box or a practice location is acceptable.

Changes to either address may be made at the time of renewal or at any time by written notification to the Board. Changes to the address of record may also be made at any time by accessing your licensure information through the online system. Any change that is made to one of the addresses does not automatically update the other address. Address information should be kept current for the address of record and the public address (if different from the address of record) at all times.

Extension of renewal requirements for deployed military and spouses: Virginia law allows active duty service people or their spouses who are deployed outside the U.S. to have an extension of time for any requirement or fee pertaining to renewal until 60 days after the person’s return from deployment.  The extension cannot last beyond 5 years past the expiration date for the license.  For more information, please read the policy and contact the applicable board for your license.

Duty to Report Adult Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation: More information...
The Adult Protective Services Program at the Virginia Department of Social Services is pleased to announce the availability of a new online educational opportunity for mandated reporters of abuse, neglect and exploitation of older or incapacitated individuals. This online training course has been developed for, and with the assistance of, mandated reporters and APS professionals to assist mandated reporters in understanding adult abuse and their responsibilities as mandated reporters. Read More...(word .doc)